Thank you all for your patience as we took some time to restore the site after last Friday's crash resulting from a software download. But now, most everything has been restored - posts, categories, archives, pages and blog roll. However, it looks like we lost some comments. We'll look a little more to find them, but in the meantime, as always, we invite you to have your say. If your comment is gone, come back and re-state your point. Actually, we would have finished our reconstruction yesterday but for our server host having its own problems, which knocked us out for a large portion of the day. We apologize for that inconvenience as well. All the old posts were up as of Wednesday. As you can see, they are in order of their original posting with their original posting dates at the top. They were posted "without interruption" so to speak, over two days (gotta do other things, too, you know), in an attempt to limit reader confusion with new topics. So we have some updates and one breaking news story prior to the repostings, and all new stuff after to make following along manageable.
Finding the missing three weeks of posts were quite interesting. Our server host told us even though it backs up everything regularly, the software download crashed us something special, making everything done after March 13 - posts, comments, site improvements - unrecoverable. However, . . . there's always a however, and thank God there is!
A major thanks to Jane Dudley of Conservativa and Curt Diemer of Creative Web Designs, who provided invaluable advice. Jane specifically taught me how to use Google in a certain way to recover cached items, even ones obliterated and no longer on the Web. At least not on any Web site other than Google and Yahoo! (and some others, I suppose). It's simply amazing and a true testament to man's ingenuity that so much can be preserved even when it no longer exists. Talk about modern miracles! (It is the Easter season, after all!) Not only were most of the posts intact as far paragraph formatting, font colors, italicized words, etc., most of the hot links were, too, as well as internal links to posts on the blog, which magically restored when all were re-posted, even though their internal page numbers were different! We were delightfully stunned!
It did take some fairly painstaking copying, pasting and editing, but it got done. This is the difference from the posts after March 13 and the ones prior - our host had the backup of the later, and relaunched us; for the former, we had to hunt down and reconstitute ourselves from the Google and Yahoo! searches, which is why they have a more recent time stamp and why we added an explanation at the top of each one. I also had to determine exactly how many posts had been crashed. That turned out to be easy, as I remembered I do keep a log of what work I've done on the blog, so matching everything found from the search from the missing dates was the easiest part.
Although a little behind on some topics, we hope to make that up next week. We have some exciting interviews with major newsmakers to post soon, so look forward to that, as well as thoughts on Ken Starr, Richmond Public Schools outgoing Superintendent Deborah Jewell-Sherman, and Britain's cow-man. Or potential cow-man. (Curious, now, aren't you?) During the reconstruction period, we still managed to get to some items of interest. They are linked here in case you missed them and don't want to scroll through the re-posted threads. For example, Steve Baril announced he would not seek the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2009. We even commented Thursday on the heart warming story of the rescue of some cedar waxwings from a GAB death trap and the governor's plotting for a new transportation plan. Have a read and let us know what you think.
Yesterday's outage kept us from finishing the blog roll, which was pretty new anyway, and posting anything new until today. If you have any suggestions for blogs we should add, let us know on this thread. We look forward to improving this blog in ways technical and editorial just as much as we look forward to continuing our role as a forum for reason and truth in Virginia public policy, and doing so in an insightful and fun way, with your continued readership and participation.